Winning in Your Youth

There’s such undue pressure for young people these days to be successful. At a time when generations before us were kids and stumbling adults, we are striving to earn and take care of our families.

Due to globalization, the internet and social platforms, young adults view everyone else as competition. This includes older folks, veterans who began their companies and careers while these young adults played in diapers or went to primary school.

It’s definitely important that once in a while, we take stock of our ambitions to make sure that we appreciate where we’ve come from, and redirect where we’re going but always with the right motives and a realistic timeline that includes YEARS.

It takes years to unlearn and learn. It takes years to form useful connections in your sphere. It takes years to validate and execute on ideas that may eventually make you your living.

Now, I’m not saying that these years have to be consequential – they do not have to come one after the other.

For those of us who use time wisely, we can learn, form connections and start to build our ideas simultaneously. But even then, it will take years to become like your idols, and this is something very basic a lot of us in search of a quick buck forget.

For years before ours, twenties have been for scrimping. The money your parents give you dwindle and bills you didn’t know existed pile up. In a bid to look fly, a lot of us spend way more than we should, missing the point that these years should be foundational years.

If you’re able to save a little bit in your twenties – let’s imagine 10% of what you get, you have a better chance of being rich in your 30s and later in life.

Now you’re probably thinking, how can I save from what I don’t have. And that’s a legit question. My answer is: you’re broke anyway.

Let’s imagine you make x amount per month – that barely covers anything so you’re broke and in want. What’s the harm then in keeping a little, managing in the brokenness, but knowing that your savings are growing to set you up in the near future.

Anyways, this post isn’t specifically about money. It’s about young adults understanding that just because all your peers seem to be doing better than you doesn’t mean you’re late.

You’ll be right on time and fresh af, if you keep focus on who you want to be and doggedly work to get there.

Photo Credit: An African City

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